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WEEK 2 of Accutane: 40 mg/day

Still breaking out :( Had a few bad days of picking that may have aggravated the situation. Mirrors and touch are big triggers for me, so I’ve already had the mirrors in my room and bathroom covered for a while. I’m using my brother’s vanity bathroom extension for putting on makeup (which I’m trying to do less but self-esteem has always been low and is even lower now that my face is extra bad) and I used paper to cover part of the mirror so I can’t lean in close and over-analyze my pores. My face still isn’t getting hyper-dry as so many Accutane users’ do, but my lips are definitely more chapped and my scalp is drier.  


Products used:

- Up and Up Charcoal Facial Cleanser: for morning face wash (I’m starting to just use water though)
- Thayers Cucumber-Witch Hazel Toner Spray: spray on face morning and night immediately after cleanse
- Aveeno Sheer Daily Moisturizer: morning and night after toner dries
- Burt’s Bees chapstick: use in morning and throughout the day. I hate the texture of heavy stuff on my lips so I like to use the thinner chapstick throughout the day. I’m using the classic peppermint ones now because I have so many of them, but I recommend the moisturizing ones because they’re a lot smoother. I keep one in my pocket throughout the day for reapplying. I really suggest Burt’s Bees brand though! Save the bees AND your skin :)
- Aquaphor tube: apply at night before bed
- Dove cucumber moisture body wash: I use this with shower gloves (gently) to keep myself from picking at my skin in the shower. I just apply it to my face with bare hands though so minimize abrasion. I dropped Suave b/c it started to irritate my skin and dried it out more than it moisturized.
I stopped using the oil cleanser because I finally found out that a lot of the passive spots appearing on my skin weren’t sebaceous filaments, but closed comedones, so the oil may have made that worse :( also it tends to be a drying process, as it is often used for oil pulling, so probably not the best product while on Accutane.


Symptoms:

- Dry face: not considerably
- Dry lips: yes, but manageable
- Dry nose/eyes: Not really, maybe a little with my eyes.
- Aches: Most likely due to gym workouts
- Depression: I have anxiety and Dermatillomania (OCD behavior), and potentially mild depression as well (according to my therapist) as a result of anxiety so it comes and goes in waves but there hasn’t been a noticeable increase
- Tiredness: Started taking the medicine in the evening and I’m not as tired during the day anymore
- Dizziness: probably linked to tiredness; is no longer noticeable
- Thirsty: I definitely have to drink more water, especially when I wake up in the morning, but it’s a good habit to get into :)
- Hair loss: I’ve definitely noticed more hair loss. I get this same symptom when my anxiety gets really really bad, but it hasn’t really gotten like that so much since I’ve started college so the hair loss is definitely linked to the medication. I keep my hair in a braid most of the day and at night to try to limit it, though to be honest I don’t know if it makes a significant difference.


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